Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations represents the next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) offering from Microsoft. It is designed to enable the entire ERP application suite as a cloud-based solution, for both public and private clouds, as well as on-premises.It leverages the speed, simplicity, and cost-effectiveness of working in the cloud, while building on the latest technology from Microsoft.
The ability to customize the product is a strength that has historically been supported through overlayering of the application code. The move to the cloud, together with more agile servicing and frequent updates, requires a less intrusive customization model, so that updates are less likely to affect custom solutions.
This new model is called extensibility and has replaced customization through overlayering. Extensibility is the only customization framework in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations and Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Retail. Overlayering isn’t supported.
This release introduces significant changes to the development experience. These changes include:
A notable change from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is that Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations does not include a rich-client application (ax32.exe). From a development perspective, this means that the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 development environment, MorphX, is no longer used. In its place, the application development is carried out exclusively in Visual Studio. The development tools support all the development tasks, including debugging and local testing scenarios.